The Law Enforcement Privilege

The Law Enforcement Privilege

Assume you’re involved in a critical incident involving the use of deadly force against a criminal suspect and that your actions result in the suspect receiving severe injuries, such as paralysis. Further, assume that you charge the suspect with several felonies...
Radar Speed Signs

Radar Speed Signs

Law enforcement officials in Tigard, Ore., were determined to increase pedestrian safety in and around the city’s high school. In a school zone where the posted speed limit is 20 mph, drivers were often cited for driving 40 mph or more. Speeds decreased when...
Arrest Warrants

Arrest Warrants

Without question, a warrant is not required to arrest a suspect on probable cause while in a public place. This is true even if the arresting officer has ample time to obtain an arrest warrant.1 However, an arrest warrant is necessary, with few exceptions,2 if the...
Who Has You Covered?

Who Has You Covered?

During their careers, officers may find themselves with assignments outside their agency. Municipal police departments sometimes “lend” one or two of their own officers to county, state or federal task force groups for the purpose of tackling narcotics enforcement,...
Scott v. Harris

Scott v. Harris

Recently, the United States Supreme Court delivered an opinion quite favorable to the law enforcement community regarding a pursuit of a fleeing motorist who poses a danger to innocent bystanders through reckless driving alone. In Scott v. Harris, decided on April 30,...

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